Maybe this is a silly question. Is there anyway to keep someone out of prison for marijuana charges over 5 lbs?
2 attorney answers
It sounds like he is accused of either Distributing Marijuana or Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, both of which are serious.
No, "promise not to come back to Virginia" isn't an option. This is a very serious felony offense for which he could be sent to prison. Furthermore, the previous conviction makes this case even worse than if it was his first offense.
If the outcome of his case is important, then he needs to do everything possible to put himself in the best position to get the best result. Being represented by an experienced, respected and successful Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney is one such thing.
I hope this is helpful.
You will need to retain an attorney and ask those questions with his specific case facts and his past criminal records. If it is the second time, probably, he will have a harsher punishment than the last time. Just not entering the state would not satisfy as a defense. You have to retain a criminal defense attorney in the state where the criminal act occurred (Virginia) because that state has the jurisdiction and Virginia laws apply. Good luck.
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